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|Title:||What do Yorkshire Ex-Pats Miss Most about Yorkshire?|
|Author:||Martyn Barrow |
|ID & Publication:||20130911038 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Community News |
A recently retired Yorkshire recruiter from Burton Salmon near Selby has decided to pass some of his time by building a Facebook community revelling in the Yorkshire sense of Humour.
As part of the study he has carried out extensive research into What Yorkshire People who live out of the country, MISS MOST about their Yorkshire Homeland.
The Yorkshire Humour community numbers over 10,000 individuals and 200 ex-pats have been surveyed to date.
The most countries that Yorkshire people have emigrated to are the English speaking World with Australia being by far the most popular followed by Canada and the USA.
Apart from a few European destinations it seems that people living in say Middle East and Far East are largely contractors who return here at regular intervals and are still domiciled in the UK.
Food and drink. It seems that we are creatures of habit. Amusingly it is a non-Yorkshire thing that people miss most! Good old fish and chips, although half of our respondents did specify “with scraps and mushy peas” Second item of food missed is curry!
Having said all that many of those surveyed did specify a favourite chippy or curry house that they particularly miss that is near to where they used to live.
Drink was a common theme. Particulary amonst men “a proper pint of bitter” was missed and in one case the smell of “a good old proper Yorkshire boozer” and in another “a pint with a proper head on it.”
Amusingly it is largely female respondees who listed, miss social nights out in particular places and Barnsley was featured very highly!
Humour and attitude. Not surprisingly many ex-pats miss the “mickey take” and the “banter.” Cited several times were the harshness of the humour and the ability to ridicule and laugh at rather bleak subjects which was often frowned on abroad.
Of course much Yorkshire humour is based upon dialect and accent or places in Yorkshire or Yorkshire stereotypes and as they are not available abroad apart from in Yokshire expat communities which appear to be rather rare the humour is greatly missed.
“A right good cup of tea.” It would appear that although tea is available the world over Yorkshire water has some special qualities not available elsewhere in the world!
The seaside. Yorkshire people like the seaside and the Yorkshire coast pulls at the heart strings of many abroad. Places mentioned include Brid, Scarborough, where donkey rides were mentioned by one lady, but most favourite was Whitby. Also quite a lot of people mentioned the Yorkshire Dales as a favourite place.
Surprisingly Friends and Family is low on the list! Maybe it’s why some people left in the first place although several mentioned better opportunities for themselves and their own children.
Last of the main ones, a male thing this time is Football and Rugby teams.
Finally comes the pub and real pint of bitter.
Apart from these some rather amusing answers were given. For example TCP, my dad’s snooker club, pints of mild, rain, Austin Mitchell and salad cream!
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